The two-day celebration to honor the 30th Anniversary
of the Haunted Mansion continues at Disneyland.
Moroni Olsen, the voice of the Magic Mirror in Disney's 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is born in Ogden, Utah. (You might also recognize his voice as the senior angel in the 1946 holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life.)
Character actor John McIntire, the voice of Grumpy Badger in
Disney's 1981 animated feature The Fox and the Hound, and
Rufus in the 1977 The Rescuers, is born in Spokane, Washington.
Raised in Montana, he grew up with ranchers and cowboys which later inspired his performances in dozens of westerns (such as Apache, The Kentuckian and Rooster Cogburn.) Coincidentally McIntire's wife, actress Jeanette Nolan, voiced the muskrat Ellie Mae in The Rescuers, and Widow Tweed in The Fox and the Hound. McIntire's Disney credits also included the 1974 live-action Herbie Rides Again (playing Mr. Hudson) and the Touchstone Pictures 1989 release Turner & Hooch (his last film) playing a crazy dog owner. (Fans of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho will recognize McIntire for his role of Sheriff Al Chambers.)
A story conference for Snow White is held at the Disney Studio. Walt, Frank Churchill, Charles Philippi, Joe Grant, Bill Cottrell, Larry Morey, and Bob Kuwahara discuss the sequence in which the
Huntsman, having taken Snow White into the woods, is supposed to kill her. Walt wants to develop the
scene in such a way that the Huntsman loses his nerve.
Actress and Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont is born in London, England. Her Disney credits include Alice in Wonderland - as the voice of Alice, and Peter Pan - as the voice of Wendy.
Disney's Goofy short Teachers are People is released by RKO Pictures. Goofy desperately
tries (without much success) to teach a classroom full of young troublemakers. Narrated by Alan Reed (the future
voice of Fred Flintstone), it features Pinto Colvig as Goofy.
Disney's comedy The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, starring Tim Conway,
Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Harry Morgan and Ruth Buzzi, is released.
A sequel to the 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang, the film centers on two bumbling outlaw wannabees who try
to make it on their own ... without the help of their gang.
Disney and MGM/UA sign a 31-page, 20-year agreement, giving Disney the exclusive rights to use most of the MGM/UA film studio's movies.
The comedy Ruthless People, starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold,
Helen Slater, and Bill Pullman (in his film debut) is released through Buena Vista
Distribution. Directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, the film is a Touchstone Pictures/Silver
Screen Partrners II production. A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without
knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Mickey's Mart - a Walt Disney World souvenir shop in Tomorrowland - closes. It will later be known as Mickey's Star Traders.
Disney's 35th animated feature film Hercules is officially released in the U.S.
and Canada, the same day Disneyland's Hercules Victory Parade debuts.
Based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name,
Hercules) it is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The all-star voice cast includes Tate
Donovan as Hercules, James Woods as Hades, Susan Egan as Megara, Danny DeVito as Philoctetes,
Rip Torn as Zeus, Bobcat Goldthwait as Pain, Wayne Knight as Demetrius, and Hal Holbrook as
Amphitryon. (The film will earn 4 Annie Awards.)
Face/Off, a science fiction action film directed by John Woo, and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is released by Touchstone Pictures
& Paramount Pictures. Travolta plays an FBI agent and Cage a terrorist... sworn enemies who assume each other's physical appearance.
The Disney Channel Original Movie You Lucky Dog, starring
Kirk Cameron, airs for the first time.
Buena Vista Games, Inc. (the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt
Disney Company) releases handheld video games based on the
feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The original Broadway cast recording of Tarzan hits store shelves. The
Walt Disney Records release features a score by Phil Collins, including
five songs from the 1999 animated film of the same name.
This day's Mickey Mouse newspaper comic introduces a new character
named Lil' Davy. Created by Bill Walsh and Floyd Gottfredson, Lil' Davy is born out of the Davy Crockett
craze that has swept the nation. Davy will go on to make just over 20 more appearances in Mickey’s daily strip through February 1956.
Disney's press release for this day includes:
An advanced motion picture development, Circarama, consisting of a continuous image focused on a
360-degree screen, will be introduced at Disneyland Park on July 17 by American Motors Corporation, producer of Hudson, Nash and Rambler automobiles and Kelvinator appliances.
the voice of
Alice in Wonderland also portrayed Alice on film ...
but only for the benefit of the Disney animators, as a live-action reference for their work.
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Who Killed Cock Robin? premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (It will play through July 17.)
The short will be nationally released (by United Artists) two days later.
Robert Keeshan, famously known to children as Captain Kangaroo, is
born in Lynbrook, New York. He is the voice of Aesop in a 1998 episode of Disney's Hercules
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George takes part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Walt Disney World Speedway. The track, located in Bay Lake on the grounds of the resort, will be a three-turn tri-oval, designed by Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief engineer Kevin Forbes.
"Children don't drop out of high school when they are 16, they do so in the first grade and wait 10 years to make it official." -Bob Keeshan
Who puts the GLAD in GLADIATOR?
The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood hosts a special NASA space exploration display, including imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, on the same day as the general release of Disney-Pixar's animated feature, WALL-E. WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load
Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. The voice cast
includes Ben Burtt as WALL-E, Elissa Knight as a robot named EVE, Jeff Garlin as Captain B. McCrea, Fred Willard
as Shelby Forthright, Sigourney Weaver as the voice of the Axiom's computer, and John Ratzenberger & Kathy
Najimy as John and Mary. The film features a score by Thomas Newman, with Peter Gabriel collaborating on the
song "Down to Earth."
Released along with WALL-E is the Pixar short Presto - about a magician and his apprentice rabbit. It is directed by veteran Pixar animator Doug Sweetland, in his directorial debut.
The final Star Wars Weekend of the 2008 season begins at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Celebrity guests include Dave Filoni and Jake Lloyd.
Disney's animated Hercules released
A lucky group of Disny fans (including the webmaster of WDW Daily News) attend the first ever D23 Walt Disney Studio & Archive Tour in Burbank, California.
Normally-off-limits to the general public, the special event is led by Dave Smith, Disney's official archivist.
Disney Studio 365 opens in Disneyland's Downtown Disney. The boutique is a Disney
Channel-esque experience where aspiring stars can undergo makeovers, complete with fashions and a photo shoot.
My Babysitter's a Vampire, a Canadian television series based on the television film
of the same name, makes its U.S. television debut on Disney Channel.
Don Grady, known to Disney fans the world over as a Mouseketeer (in 1957) on the
original The Mickey Mouse Club, passes away at the age of 68 at his home in
Thousand Oaks, California. Born Don Louis Agrati on June 8, 1944, he was also one of
television's most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit My Three Sons. A singer,
composer, and musician, Grady's Disney credits include a new Winnie the Pooh theme, songs for Disney's Magic
English, scoring game animations, and the first original Princess songs in 50 years, The Princess Tea Party Album
and The Princess Christmas Album, co-written with multi-platinum lyricist, Marty Panzer. Despite only appearing for
one season on The Mickey Mouse Club, Grady reunited with his fellow Mouseketeers over the years - most
recently during their 50th anniversary celebration.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Disney Channel debuts a new comedy series titled "Girl Meets World," a spinoff of "Boy Meets World" (a sitcom that aired on ABC from September 1993 to May 2000). The new
show stars Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage, Sabrina Carpenter, Peyton Meyer, August Maturo, Danielle Fishel, and Corey Fogelmanis, and centers around the life of a young teen girl, Riley Matthews, and her friends and family - particularly their school life, in which her father Cory is their history teacher! "Girl Meets World" will run for 3 seasons.
Disney Channel also airs the film Zapped for the first time. A bright teenager named Zoey,
struggling with changes in life - including a new family and school, finds a phone app that magically allows her to
control boys. It stars Zendaya, Chanelle Peloso, Emilia McCarthy and Spencer Boldman. (The premiere will garner
5.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast on cable this evening.)
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier, has a soft opening. An updated version of Flik's Flyers (which was once a part of the now shuttered
A Bug’s Land), guests board one of eight Memory Movers, each themed to a character in the film, then spin with Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear as they try to sort through Riley’s memories. Emotional Whirlwind is scheduled to officially open June 28.